About the work
My easel is my safe space. Whatever happens to my world, my mind, my body. This is the place I come back to. Somewhere between paint, clay and music, I find sanctuary and always have.
Visually and intellectually, patterns are everything to me right now. Patterns in human interiors, patterns in data, patterns in nature. Patterns in the universe resonate so strongly in the human psyche that I keep finding it all obsessively coming through in my work. Right down to the fine fractals of paint suspended in turpentine slowly seeping down a canvas.
Data is also so huge and available and malleable that in itself it has become a viable material for artistic exploration. This is a chimeral force that presents itself in my work without my overt permission.
I make art about humanity and the similarities between "us" and "other". I choose subjects and stories that are unlikely to match with expectations or demographics. I choose them because it's when we strip away expectations that we find real connection and meaning.
In this way I am constantly disassembling and reassembling identities. I work vicariously but also passively, allowing the pattern, image or concept to manifest first then shaping my work and theories around it. I use whatever ideological material is at hand. Like found objects of the mind. In this way I allow myself to be shaped by the practice at least as much as I shape my individual artworks or ovrè.
About the Artist
Kim Mobey (born 1980) is a South African outsider artist. She is self-taught and has been working as an artist since the late nineties, having regularly exhibited since 2003. In 2017, when she was selected as a finalist for the PPC Imaginarium awards with "In This Skin", her sculptural work gained wider recognition, being shown at the Turbine Art Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. In 2019 one of Mobey’s portraits "Nora in Winter" was selected for the Top 40 shortlist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.
Beyond her humanistic approach, she is deeply affected by mythology and science. Though her work is rooted in reality and historical fact, she makes generous use of artistic license, fulfilling her compulsion to upturn stereotypical notions regarding aesthetics, gender, race, age or class - and reflecting her desire to challenge fixed identities and how these bear out in society.
2017 – The V&A Watershed, Cape Town “Art Africa Fair”
2017 – UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, PPC Imaginarium Finalist
2017 – Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”
2018 February – Cape Town "Investec Cape Town Art Fair"
2019 August – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town “Sanlam Portrait Award”
2020 November – Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town "Home is where the Art is"